Gone Girl is certainly not my typical review. Nor is it by any means close to my typical read. But it’s something I’ve been meaning to get to for some time now. And why not tackle it by review on Geekritique? Gone Girl is a modern day thriller, a whodunnit mystery that unnerves at every corner, enthralls you at every revelation, and once you feel like you’ve got it all worked out, author Gillian Flynn proves just the opposite.
It’s one of those books that you can guess at with all your might (as I certainly did, trying to unravel the many unexplained twists), but alas it’ll throw you for a serious loop. To explain just a smidgen of the plot beyond the first ten% would be to rob you of a truly entertaining read.
But let’s set the scene. Nick Dunne is informed one day that his front door is wide open and that the cat is roaming about outside. Coming home, he realizes there’s been some sort of struggle: furniture is mislaid, books are strewn about, the ottoman’s flipped. His wife, Amy Elliot Dunne, is missing. Along with attempting to hide dark secrets of his own, he must face the fact that no matter what, the media and the cops will think him the prime suspect.
And the book does a good job of making you really dislike Nick – to the point where it appears your initial opinions of him may be very, very skewed. But at the same time, Flynn does push the readers buttons a bit too hard on occasion. Occasions that actually cheapen the text to some degree, as they’re so clearly red herrings.
The character study that takes place is tremendous. Mind numbing. Gillian Flynn has a way of getting into your head as a reader and breaking down the ins and outs of how you think and react to situations. Sometimes it’s a little repetitive, but it works well with the first person perspectives you’re thrown into. I will say that this book is very realistic, rather explicit, and isn’t suitable for all audiences.
Throughout the book, I couldn’t help but feel this was the most frustrating thing I’ve read in a long while. And it only gets worse. Trust me. TRUST me. What an ending too. I have to say, the ending was… less than satisfying. But such a fantastic read overall.